lupine definition by Webster's New World
- any of a genus (Lupinus) of plants of the pea family, with palmately compound leaves, racemes of white, rose, yellow, or blue flowers, and pods containing beanlike seeds: used for forage, green manure, etc.
- the seed of the European lupine (Lupinus albus) used in some parts of Europe as food
Origin: Middle English lupyne ; from Classical Latin lupinus ; from lupus, wolf: reason for name uncertain
- of a wolf or wolves
- wolflike; fierce; ravenous
Origin: Classical Latin lupinus ; from lupus, wolf
lupine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old French lupin, from Latin lupīnum, from neuter of lupīnus, wolflike; see lupine2.
- Characteristic of or resembling a wolf.
- Rapacious; ravenous.
Origin: French, from Latin lupīnus, from lupus, wolf; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots.
lupine - Science Definition